DONATE, if you are able, to help with Rally costs (e.g., sound system). Any and all surplus funds will be donated to Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR), which has been helping to fund Sisters' retirement since 1986.
Donations by check should be made payable to Arlene McGarrity, for "Rally". Please mail your check to Rally in Solidarity with Catholic Sisters, PO Box 34, Ashton, MD 20861.
Why Are Personal Names Associated with Paypal and Check Donations?
We want you to know why there are personal names associated with both our Paypal account and our checking account (for donations via PO Box).
Organizing for this event began with conversations among friends who are Catholic, who have had close personal connections to Catholic sisters, and who feel very upset by the mandate issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that was issued April 18, 2012. This has become a group of about 15 "friends of friends" who form the coordinating committee.
We decided to hold the rally on May 29 because it coincides with the first day of the LCWR retreat. Given the fast turn around, we didn't have time to start a 501(c)3 to be a fiscal agent for the event. We also didn't want to "house" the event under the auspices of another Catholic organization since we wanted to welcome the broad spectrum of Catholics who think that an injustice is being done to the Catholic sisters.
Due to the large interest and support for the rally, we realized we needed to rent equipment so everyone could hear, but none of us have the resources to pay for it ourselves. Several people offered to give a small donation, and we decided it would make sense to open up a Paypal account to enable many people to help support this event.
The money we get through Paypal is going directly into a bank account that two of the organizing committee members opened together. That is why any donations by check are made payable to an individual.
We have been getting many small donations ($10, $15, $25). So far, our expenses have exceeded $1200, with the largest expense being renting the stage and sound system. That cost around $1036.00.
We are grateful for every donation of any size. We are keeping a running track of donations and expenses to ensure that every penny is accounted for. If we have any money left over, all of it will go to Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR).
We hope this helps answer any questions. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.